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Made by a Fashionista: Go Bold or Go Home

I love the style of shirtdresses, but I very rarely wear them. For one they are usually made with cotton fabric and I hate to iron (which is one of the reasons I love to sew with knits). Also since I've started sewing they've just seemed like to much work to make...collars, cuffs, buttons and buttonholes. Sigh.

But after I saw another sewists version of S8546 I knew I wanted to sew View B for myself for this months blog post! Fabric Mart always has a great selection of shirting, so much so that I ended up grabbing two prints, this black and white vertical stripe and a large scale blue plaid.

I debated the vertical stripes because well it's a bold choice. I knew it would either be fashionably chic piece or a epic fail. I mean b&w vertical stripes scream umpire or worse...Beetle Juice, eck! Good or bad I decided to go for it though I'm still not quite sure if I nailed it or failed it, but I think I can pull it off.


Either way I am pleased with this project, I've…

Made By A Fabricista: A Kimono Duster In Emerald Green

HI Fashionistas!

I am so so excited to share my latest project with you. I made a kimono duster/ topper. Something like this would have typically taken me 4 to 6 hours to make, but I promise I spent more like 20 hours on this one, working at a turtle pace, in the final two weeks of my pregnancy. Matter of fact, I finished the sash on Saturday Feb 10, and ended up going into labor that afternoon.  Had I known that baby Connor for waiting on me to finish sewing, I would have wrapped up this project a lot sooner :)

Well, baby is out and he is one week old today... what a week it has been.. to think a week ago we were in the hospital. Moving on to this gorgeous Kimono... Here it is!





The kimono can be worn with or without a sash. I will probably wear it without a sash. That is more my style, but I wanted to have the sash, so I sewed that up in the solid green color.

I will show you how it looks belted as well.  The kimono is unlined as you can see. Here is the back view:





This is the fabric

Made by a Fabricista: Mommy and Me - Sleeve Drama

"I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect, they are much more interesting." 
—Marc Jacobs

HAPPY Saturday! I am in love with most of the McCall's EARLY-SPRING pattern and will be sewing up a storm the next few weeks.  I knew for sure that I wanted to use at least 3 to 4 to create a Spring capsule which include dresses, jumpsuits, and tops with sleeve drama.  When I saw this pattern M7723, I knew it was a MUST have.  It was icing on the cake when they created a mini version of a popular sleeve pattern M7542  now for girls in M7708.


I chose to use seersucker fabric for both as recommended by Jackie the pattern designer at McCall's.  The fabric that I chose for my look is a 100% cotton seersucker with NO stretch while Arielle's fabric has 3% lycra stretch. Fabric Mart has a huge selection and a variety of colors available (HERE).  I quickly ordered my fabric and choose colors that were perfect for Spring.



M7223 is an easy sew but patience is required.…

Made by a Fabricista: Casual Silk Top and Crepe Knit Pants

Happy Valentine's Day!  One of my favorite things about Valentine's Day is seeing pink and red everywhere.  In the middle of the month of February, which can be such a cloudy and dreary month, seeing colorful pinks and reds can really make me smile.  So when I saw this Dragonfruit Pink 100% Silk Blouse Fabric, my mind went straight to Valentine's Day!


I didn't know exactly what I wanted to make with such a luscious fabric, and went back and forth several times on what it would eventually become.  I was sooo tempted to make a dress with it, but I knew that if I made a dress, it would be something that would languish in the closet, worn only once in a blue moon.  I really wanted to make this into something that would be wearable in an everyday casual setting, not hidden away waiting for a special occasion!  So, I decided to make a "casual" silk top.  Is that an oxymoron?  I hope not!  I really want it to be a thing.  I know that I won't be doing the dishes…

Made By A Fabricista: Fabric Kits

For this month's post, I decided to show you a wonderful product on Fabric Mart's site. Fabric Kits!  Did you know Fabric Mart has these?  If you've never used a Fabric Kit, it is a great opportunity to try a new pattern company with a fabric that is perfect for that make.


Here is a link so you can browse for yourself!  Fabric-Kits

I chose a kit in my favorite color to wear, black.  My kit is by The Sewing Workshop and I made the Eureka skirt in a ponte knit in black.  

As I mentioned earlier, the pattern and fabric pairing is really nice.  This skirt is perfect in a rather stable ponte knit.  This fabric washes and dries really well and holds its shape when you wear it all day.  
I always forget how difficult it is to photograph black inside.  The details on this skirt are fun.  This is different than a regular straight skirt.  I hope you can see the seaming on this skirt.  There are no side seams and the V in the front forms a bit of a pleat at the center front and back.…

Made By A Fabricista: Trail Blazing with Simplicity 1421

Hey Peeps! I'm back with another Simplicity 1421 Blazer! I love this pattern and you better believe if I have to make a blazer this would be my first choice and if I have to sew a skirt my go-to pattern is Skirt Simplicity 1559.  I put this  bold graphic print with stripes because you know I like to mix it up!  
I loved this blazer fabric so much that I purchased three different colors. Every time Fabric Mart posted it online, I grabbed it up quick. The first print I used to make the maxi wrap skirt below. I haven't used the third version of this print yet.

This print is no longer available but no worries, there are always other options. That's the one thing that I love about Fabric Mart, they are always getting in new merchandise and I can usually count on them getting in big bold prints.They do have  two prints in stock that caught my eye and would make awesome blazers!








 Here are some  of my other Simplicity 1421 Blazers